Contested Holy Cities: The Urban Dimension of Religious Conflicts

1st Edition

Michael Dumper

Routledge
May 8, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 272 Pages - 26 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367027353 - CAT# K405192
Series: Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics

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Summary

Examining contestation and conflict management within holy cities, this book provides both an overview and a range of options available to those concerned with this increasingly urgent phenomenon.

In cities in India, the Balkans and the Mediterranean, we can see examples where religion plays a dominant role in urban development and thus provides a platform for conflict. Powerful religious hierarchies, the generation of often unregulated revenues from donations and endowments, the presence of holy sites and the enactment of ritualistic activities in public spaces combine together to create forms of conflict which are, arguably, more intense and more intractable than other forms of conflicts in cities. The book develops a working definition of the urban dimension of religious conflicts so that the kinds of conflict exhibited can be contextualised and studied in a more targeted manner. It draws together a series of case studies focussing on specific cities, the kinds of religious conflicts occurring in them and the international structures and mechanisms that have emerged to address such conflicts.

Combining expertise from both academics and practitioners in the policy and military world, this interdisciplinary collection will be of particular relevance to scholars and students researching politics and religion, regional studies, geography and urban studies. It should also prove useful to policy-makers in the military and other international organisations.

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